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HTML is an API

HTML is an API or rather it could be if we used more in the way it was intended. In a comment on this Hacker News post about Toapi, a library that makes clever use of XPath expressions in order to provide an API from existing web pages, a user wrote Now I don't want to be a downer: but we collectively seem to have forgotten that HTML as a markup language with sufficient semantic elements, is a perfect API in itself. ... Read more

Ashley Bischoff: “1Up Your Writing with Plain Language” at Fronteers Conference 2017

Ashley Bischoff - “1Up Your Writing with Plain Language” at Fronteers Conference 2017: Ashley Bischoff: "1Up Your Writing with Plain Language" at Fronteers Conference 2017 from Fronteers on Vimeo. Read more

Designer Lynx: Curated Links About Design

Designer Lynx is a curated collection of articles and other relevant resources such as design systems, icons, prototyping tools and software for designing user interfaces. Further categories include UI design inspiration and design topics such as colour and typography. Read more

Iconic and Feather: 2 Icon Sets Designed for the Web

With icon fonts such as Font Awesome, Material Design Icons and Glyphicons there's certainly no shortage of icons for use in web applications. Iconic and Feather are 2 alternatives to these widely-used icon collections. The latter is available for free under the MIT licence (a donation will be very much appreciated, though) while the former can be purchased for $129 ($39 for just the Webfont without SVGs) for a single app licence. Both are framework-agnostic and Iconic in particular has been designed from ... Read more

Espen Brunborg @ beyond tellerrand 2017 – The Secret Life of Comedy

Espen Brunborg @ beyond tellerrand 2017: The Secret Life of Comedy – Espen Brunborg – btconfDUS2017 from beyond tellerrand on Vimeo. Read more

Jina Anne @ beyond tellerrand 2017 – Design Systems: Real Talk

Jina Anne @ beyond tellerrand 2017: Design Systems: Real Talk from beyond tellerrand on Vimeo. Read more

Phil Hawksworth @ beyond tellerrand 2017: Dodging Bullets – Microservices for Fewer Sleepless Nights

Phil Hawksworth @ beyond tellerrand 2017: Dodging bullets – Microservices for fewer sleepless nights from beyond tellerrand on Vimeo. Read more

Nadieh Bremer @ beyond tellerrand 2017: Hacking the Visual Norm

Nadieh Bremer @ beyond tellerrand 2017: Hacking the Visual Norm from beyond tellerrand on Vimeo. Read more

Should Web Apps Behave More Like UNIX Programs?

Recently, through various discussions about the nature of the web and web applications I came up with an intriguing (to me at least ...) idea: Web apps should behave like UNIX command-line tools. Please hear me out and let me elaborate. Probably the most widespread pattern in modern web app development is that of single-page applications (SPAs). Though that particular term isn't used as abundantly anymore as it used to be a few years ago the design pattern it promoted still persists: Web apps ... Read more

Design & Quantum Superposition

Last year, Hungarian designer Csongor Bartus published a thought-provoking article I've only recently come across. Quantum mechanics and design are two words you don't often see juxtaposed and probably rightfully so. No, I've not gone crazy and I'm not going to go down some weird esoteric "Quantum Design" rabbit hole here. However, Csongor borrows the term superposition from quantum mechanics as a metaphor for an interesting new angle on design for the web: To cut in, let's equip all content with all states ... Read more
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